At yesterday’s IHI conference, I was asked to serve as a panelist for the CEO Summit. We began the day with an inspirational case study from outside the health care industry – the transformation of US News and World report from a paper-based subscription model to a diverse web-centric family of products.
The BIDMC Clinical IT Governance Committee was chartered to prioritize project requests and ensure our clinical applications work together as a managed portfolio.
Today we met to discuss ambulatory/outpatient priorities for FY12.
As health care reform rumbles along, it has become increasingly clear that electronic health records (EHRs) are here to stay. I dare say, most of us are relatively happy that the change has come: notes are legible, information moves quickly, communication channels between doctor and patient are improved, and work flows streamlined.
Well, not always.
Take the example of the work flow required to process a simple office-based EKG:
Last week, Don Berwick completed his 17 month tenure as administrator of Medicare and Medicaid. The nation should be grateful that such a visionary was at the helm. The nation should frustrated that he was never confirmed.
Yesterday, Rick Shoup, Manu Tandon and I presented the updated Massachusetts Stategic/Operating Plan, State Medicaid Health Plan/Medicaid Management Information System plan, and the Implementation Advance Planning Documents for Health Information Exchange to the HIT Council and the HIT/HIE Advisory Committee. The budgets and strategy were approved by the Council.
I’ve described information security as a Cold War, requiring constant investment and vigilance to innovate faster than the hackers and criminals who are stealing data to commit identity theft.
I’m spending an increasing percent of my resources on regulatory compliance and data protection.
On September 11, 2001, I was sitting in my Harvard Clinical Research Institute office (I was CIO there from 2001-2007 as part of my Harvard Medical School CIO duties). A staff member ran into my office and told me that a plane had crashed into a World Trade Center Tower. This sounded like a horrible accident.
On September 28 2011, the HIT Standards Committee (HITSC) will officially deliver to ONC its 6 months of hard work from Standards Summer Camp. HITSC subcommittees and workgroups have met every other day since April to prepare the standards recommendations needed to support Meaningful Use Stage 2 rule making.
The S&I Framework teams have been working in parallel on important issues – Certificates, Provider Directories, Lab Result Reporting, and Transfer of Care Summaries.